Children’s Ministry 101. Lesson 5: Recruit the Team

The Word of God teaches that the Church is the Body of Christ (Romans 12, I Corinthians 12).  This description has many rich implications for church life, including how we do the work of children’s ministry.  To properly minister to our covenant children, the local church needs a team (a body) of gifted believers to do this work,…

I want my child to be an Ordinary Christian!

[Note: You will want to read my last post on “Ordinary Children’s Ministry” here to give these next thoughts some essential context.]  As a parent, my deepest desire is to see my eight children become Christians–and more than that, ORDINARY Christians.  Yes, this goes against the grain of what my sinful heart would rather see in them–academic, athletic, and…

Leviticus is for First Graders

It had been at least five years since we did a major expired food clean-up out of what we call the “deep freeze” in these parts.  All sorts of unidentifiable food encased in ice had to be chiseled out of the bottom shelf.  My son and I enjoyed chipping out Zip-lock bag after Zip-lock bag,…

On Rainbow Flags and Boy Scouts

As a symbol of gay and lesbian pride, the rainbow flag has been around a long time–actually since 1978.  But your children may ask you about it more often as of late, since it is showing up in all sorts of places–and is rumored to be making appearances in children’s television shows and movies.  So…

The Joy of Spiritual Archery

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. (Ps. 127:3-5) I have always loved Psalm 127:3.  My children have definitely…